KEY POINTS

  • Shooting in downtown Seattle
  • One person killed and five others injured
  • The gunman remains at large

One person was killed and five others were left wounded in a deadly shooting Wednesday evening in downtown Seattle near Pike Place Market.

Police are looking for the male shooter who is on the run. The search continued 90 minutes after the shooting, officials said. The shooting took place at Pine Street and Third Avenue at 5 p.m.

According to witnesses, more than a dozen gunshots were heard as police officers and medical staff swarmed the streets to find the gunman and treat the injured.

According to Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center, a 55-year-old woman remained in critical condition, a 9-year-old boy was in serious condition and five others suffered gunshot injuries to the chests, legs, abdomen, and buttocks. David Cuerpo, the fire department spokesperson confirmed the death of a woman roughly 40 to 50 years old, NBC News reported quoting Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said that detectives from gang units and homicide were present on the scene, getting video surveillance footage and interviewing bystanders to prepare a description of the lone male shooter. The officers found the victims of the shooting in about a one-block radius.

Tyler Parsons, an employee of Victrola Coffee Roasters, at the corner of 3rd and Pine, said he was at the registers and did not hear any shots because of loud music. But he added that people in the café began dropping to the ground.

Customers were running and taking cover behind the register, Parsons told The Seattle Times. He said he and his coworker ushered five or six patrons in the back-storage area.

Alex Bennett was buying coffee at Victrola when the shooting occurred. “Everyone in the coffee shop went down on the ground, hiding behind tables,” Bennett said. She said people were running on the street away from the shooting scene.

The law enforcement officials confined the area after the incident and urged people to stay at a safe place.

This was the third downtown shooting in less than two days. Earlier on Wednesday, police shot and injured a male in Belltown and on Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was shot and killed at Westlake Center.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.